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CCP Holders and Guns on Campus

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP Crisis Management Planning, News, Security Policy and Procedure Development, Training, Workplace Violence, WPV Training

Should CCP holders be allowed to carry guns on campus? There are studies that show during times of great stress, a person will experience changes that affect their physiological, sensory and cognitive processes which can prevent appropriate responses in very serious situation. These responses can affect critical decision-making processes. For example, check out the eleven reservations of a “gun guy.” …

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Reflections on Oregon Shooting

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP Security Planning, Security Policy and Procedure Development, Security Program Development, Workplace Violence

The shooting at Umpqua Community College on October 1, 2015, made us think. Security events are deliberate actions by people to cause harm. There is no way that any organization can keep people who are adequately motivated and have access to the right resources from attempting to commit harm. What we can do is harden ourselves as targets. This will …

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A Company Model for Developing Policies and Procedures

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP Compliance, Corporate Compliance, Security Policy and Procedure Development, Security Program Development

While attending the NCMS Carolinas Chapter meeting at Cisco Systems recently, I saw a presentation by Mark Whitteker, MSIA, CISSP, ISP. Mark comes out of the IT security world, so most of his presentation focused on IT security. He also presented a segment on Building a Comprehensive Security Architecture Framework that might benefit all of us. Mark shared with the …

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The SaVE Component of the Clery Act

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP Civil Rights, Clery Act, Compliance, SaVE Act, Security Master Planning, Training, VAWA

Are You Ready for October 1, 2014? According to the CDC, on average, 1 in 5 women (18.3%) and 1 in 71 men (1.4%) reported experiencing rape at some time in their lives. In a study of undergraduate women, 19% said that they experienced an attempted or completed sexual assault since entering college (Source: The victimization of college students …

The Difference Between Safety and Security

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP Security Master Planning, Security Program Development

Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs begins with humanity’s most basic needs and builds from there until we reach our most satisfied self. After our most basic physical needs (air, food, water, sleep), the need for safety is the second most critical stage to our wellbeing. Whether or not we believe in Maslow’s theory, we can all agree that on its surface …

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Bring Your Own Device or BYOD

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP Compliance

In business, leaders are very often the conduit between an organization’s vision and the realization of that vision. They are charged with creating an environment that will support the team or teams within the organization to maximize innovation, productivity, and efficiencies and theoretically grow profits and market share – to live to fight another day. The focus on innovation, productivity, …

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The Clery Act – Costs of Noncompliance

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP Civil Rights, Clery Act, Compliance, Corporate Compliance, Ethics, Security Survey

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f)(2011), is a federal statute requiring colleges and universities participating in federal financial aid programs to maintain and disclose campus crime statistics and security information. The U.S. Department of Education conducts reviews to evaluate an institution’s compliance with Clery Act requirements. A review may …

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Security in the Office – A Checklist

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP Embezzlement, Fraud, Security Planning, Security Policy and Procedure Development, Security Program Development, Theft, Theft, Embezzlement, and Fraud, Training

How is your security? The following checklist illustrates the necessary aspects of security that must be addressed for a secure environment. Comply with and support your company’s safety and security program and regulations, and insist that others do the same. Protect wallets, keys, purses, and other personal valuables on the job. This especially includes smartphones and tablets. Challenge strangers in …

Now is the Not the Time

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP News

No one can be untouched by the events that took place in Newtown, Connecticut, that will forever be engraved in our minds and in our hearts. The word that has come to me over and over is stunned. Stunned by the loss of innocence that each one of the 20 little children represents. Stunned by the loss of six devoted …

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Massachusetts Drug Lab Scandal

Christine L. Peterson, CPP, ISP Background Investigation, Compliance, Fraud, News

On Saturday, September 29, 2012, the News and Observer covered the story of Annie Dookhan, a chemist at a Massachusetts drug lab. This story underscores some of the devastation that can result when an organization doesn’t follow basic security principles which require both screening and guardianship. The lack of screening and guardianship at the Massachusetts state drug lab has already …